Mildred Allen, 99, of Fairbury, formerly of Forrest, IL passed away at 4:42 pm on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community in Fairbury, IL.
A visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Forrest, IL and from 9:30 to 10:30 am on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Forrest United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday at Forrest United Methodist Church. Burial will follow services at Forrest Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Fairview Haven Retirement Community in Fairbury or OSF Hospice.
She was born January 30, 1919 in Forrest a daughter of Roy and Martha (Haab) Metz.
Mildred attended the Miller Country School for 8 years. She then went to Forrest Township High School for 2 years. She loved math, a talent which she made use of throughout her life.
She married Everett Masters on November 21, 1940 in Forrest, IL. He died in action in New Guinea on July 13, 1944. She later married Cyril Allen on November 3, 1949 in Forrest, IL. He passed away on March 23, 1970. During their marriage they hosted foreign exchange student, Fernando Claudio, with whom she has maintained contact and considered him a part of her family.
Mildred held many jobs in her lifetime. She did housework for area families usually helping after a new baby was born; she earned $5 per week.
She worked for 10 years at Honegger’s; she also worked at Forrest Hotel and Bachtold Brothers.
Mildred was very active in the Forrest United Methodist Church where she was a member. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary since 1944, and Forrest Women’s Club. She volunteered at Fairbury Hospital snack bar.
She enjoyed doing fabric crafts and cooking. She also loved traveling. An event she fondly anticipated was the “Branson Bus” trip which she enjoyed with family and friends annually for 20 years.
Mildred moved to Fairview Estates assisted living in 2002. She then moved to Fairview Haven in 2010.
She is survived by her sister: Royalene Toombs. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers: Earl and Ivan, and her sisters: MaryAnn Plattner, Ruth Thiel, and Betty Nussbaum.
Rhonda Jeanne Abbey, 62 of Cropsey, passed away at 5:35 am, Friday, March 2, 2018 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Funeral Service will be 11 am, Friday, March 9, 2018 at Cropsey United Methodist Church, Cropsey with Pastor Gifty Smith officiating. Interment will follow the service in Cropsey Cemetery, Cropsey.
Visitation will be 3 to 8 pm, Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury; and 10 to 10:45 am, Friday, prior to the funeral at the church in Cropsey.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Community Cancer Center in Normal, Cropsey United Methodist Church, or the Cropsey Area Community Fund – Park Project.
Rhonda was born April 14, 1955 in Fairbury, the daughter of George and Shirley (Griswold) Dohman. She married Jeff Abbey on April 20, 1974 in Fairbury. Her husband survives in Cropsey. Her parents and mother-in-law Lois Abbey preceded her in death.
Other survivors include three children, Brett Abbey of Madison, WI; Ryan (Tanya) Abbey of Gurnee, IL; Nicole (Mike) Wolf of Fairbury; four grandchildren, Madelyn and Emma Wolf, and Thomas and George Abbey; three brothers, Ron (Carla) Dohman of Fairbury; John (Judy) Dohman of Gridley; Philip (Guylaine) Dohman of Fairbury; treasured father in-law James Abbey of Fairbury.
Rhonda was a member of the Cropsey United Methodist Church, Cropsey where she served as Treasurer for many years. She was employed by Mr. Timber, Honegger’s, Citizen’s State Bank of Cropsey and assisted in every aspect of our family businesses. Her greatest joy was to serve and care for others especially her family. In recent years, her grandchildren were the light of her life and will miss her dearly.
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